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Feb 13, 2011 4:30pm PST
fear? change we can believe in. in his first foreign policy crisis, did president obama lead his team or was it better to watch than not control? or did he have a hidden hand? and finally, calling jeb bush. why republicans pining for this guy. is it a problem with mitt? i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. with us today, new york magazine's john heilemann. gloria borger from cnn. "the washington post's" anne kornblut and "washington post" david ignatius. the revolution that overthrew hosni mubarak was a victory for democracy and in many ways for the obama administration in its first foreign policy crisis. the president talked about the historic change. >> there are very few moments in our lives where we have the privilege to witness history taking place. this is one of those moments. this is one of those times. the people of ejent have spoken. -- eegypt have spoken. their voices have been heard and egypt will never be the same. chris: david, this is very tricky for the president, wasn't it? this whole episode. >> the president faced a delicate problem. starting two weeks ago which
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Feb 7, 2011 12:00am PST
principal asked them. why didn't president obama, why didn't tom donovan, why didn't the people around the president say what's going on in egypt? that guy is 83. what will happen next? >> in fairness, they were getting warning signals. he had the egypt working group ahead for some time. there were instabilities. be prepared for this. what he was going to do about it to prepare, what were they going to do? press harder, talk about it more? there were signs the precise timing, the catalysts for it they didn't know. you're right, they didn't upset. the hill is upset. chris: we have all of these groups out there at the national democratic convention, soft groups to encourage democracy, teach people how to win elections and all, didn't they know about the social media going on over there with facebook and organizing? >> i think maybe there's a false premise here that if you know what's going on, we can do something about it. >>y. >> what can we do? chris: who would we be rooting for right now? who would be bank rolling? >> to some extent america rooting for somebody is the surist wa
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Feb 17, 2011 6:00pm PST
president obama's visit to the bay area. arriving at sfo, you see, moments ago. getting off "air force one" greeted by gavin newsom. state attorney general, and the new san francisco mayor ed lee who was there to thank the president about all of the concessions being made for high speed rail and central city subway in san francisco. >> compelling video to see "air force one" at sfo. mr. obama's fourth trip to the bay area as president. the previous three trips were fundraisers, or scam p campaign. tonight. different. a private dinner with a dynamic dozen. the president meeting with a who's who of the silicone valley. among 12 vip guests, steve job, mark zuckerberg, larry elerson, and eric schmidt, expected on the peninsula at a private home. the story begins tonight at sfo. bring in nbc's tracy grant who joins us covering mr. obama as he touched down about 10, 15 minutes ago. is that right? >> yes, about 10 minutes ago. punctual as always. president obama showed up here at sfo. as you were saying he met with, gavin newsom, lieutenant-governor newsom, state attorney general, we're waiti
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Feb 17, 2011 11:00pm PST
. president obama spending the night in the bay area. gathering the best and the bright nest silicon valley to help solve the nation's problems with some bay area innovation. good evening, everyone. i'm jessica aguirre. >> and i'm raj mathai. it was the most talked about dinner parent in the country tonight and it happened here. 11 men, one woman and the president, an elite gathering of silicon valley giants. you see the arrivals here in woodside tonight. the goal, pretty simple, promote new jobs and convince these business leaders to reinvest their cash back into the american economy. biio onsf dollars in cash that's sitting on the sidelines. the gathering on the peninsula lasted less than three hours but its impact might be felt for years. nbc's jean elle tracking president obama, joining us now from his hotel next door to sfo. jean? >> reporter: raj, the president arrived here at his hotel in millbrae around 10:00 after that meeting with high-tech executives in woodside. insiders say he wants their intake of how to grow business and jobs. president obama and his motorcade arrive at a privat
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Feb 6, 2011 8:00am PST
party and what impact does he have on democrats like president obama? joining us, more from james baker, reagan's chief of staff, former reagan speech writer peggy noonan, former mayor willie brown and andrea peggy noonan, former mayor willie brown and andrea mitchell. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. we go first live to cairo where nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel is joining us again live on the scene in cairo. richard, what is the latest there? >> reporter: there appear to have been major breakthroughs after negotiations today between members of the opposition and the vice president of egypt. according to a government statement that we just received, egypt has made several very significant concessions. one, two end the emergency law that has been in place in this country since 1981 as soon as security on the ground here permits. two, to allow more candidates to run for president, to allow greater freedom of the press , o suspend future meetings of parliament until allegations of corruption and electoral fraud are flushed out, to respect
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Feb 7, 2011 3:00am PST
states' influence at this point. you have been critical of the obama administration for not having a consistent message. what influence is the administration having an events there? >> well, i think the u.s., of course, has close ties to the u.s., but they are not going to determine the events in the streets of egypt. but i think, you know, everybody expects them to stand up for the basic universal values, freedom, democracy, rule of law, human rights and the u.s. at the beginning has been behind the curve. i think they caught up in the last few days, but the special representative made the statement yesterday saying president mubarak must stay in power. that came down here like a piece of lead. then it was denied by the white house. you know, it was retracted by the white house. i think what people expect is not that the u.s. will effect change in u.s. but they have to be very clear that they are on the side of the people for freedom and democracy, for egypt to move to what i call the second republic, a move from an authoritarian system into democracy. >> let me show you "the week"
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Feb 27, 2011 4:30pm PST
is president obama. i'm not sure that boehner comes off that well. on this business of shutting down the government, we are talking about the political effects of it. there is a country here to run. whoever gets the blame for shutting down the government, we are a country at war. we have people at war in iraq and afghanistan, and you are going to shut down the government? the public at large is going to be very negative and it is vital which side gets the blame for shutting it down. >> you are 65, 70 or 80 years old. you go to the mail box and your check hasn't come in for social security. who do you blame? >> i think they are going to blame whoever is in office. people are set up. they are saying i cut back on my spending. my family is making sacrifices. i can no longer use my homes a ena a.t.m. machine. they say i changed this in my personal life. why can't the government do the same? chris: our regulars, including john, who is here, if there is a government-shut-down, who would win the p.r. win? >> 11 say the president wins. only one, peggy noonan says wall street wins. are you th
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Feb 18, 2011 4:30am PST
>>> new this morning, president obama waking um in the bay area this morning. he's about to take off from sfo in a couple hours. i'm christie smith. we'll tell you about his big night with the giants in technology. >>> the east bacon visibilities could be set free. why they could get a lucky break. >>> and a live look outside this morning at the oracle arena in the east bay. it is friday, february 18th. this is "today in the east bay." and good morning, everybody. thank you for joining us. i'm brent cannon in for scott today. we want to get you started with a check on the east bay forecast. christina has that. >>> good morning to you. well, it looks like most of the shower activity has cleared the east bay. a little bit lingering in places like the east bay, oakland seeing a bit of activity. the big news is the front that brought us all the rain yesterday is sliding south. so as it continues to slide to the south we'll see a little bit more rain showers today. they will be spotty in nature as opposed to a consistent stream of showers from the south. what we can count on, more rai
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Feb 8, 2011 5:00pm PST
or third base. >>> still ahead, first lady michelle obama reveals something the president has not done. >>> also, the breakdown on bullying. details of a new study which questions what students are likely to pick on their peers. >>> junk food. now researchers say it could seriously affect a child's mind. >>> and the common procedure that some women may not need to have. >>> and plenty of sunshine and temperatures cooling about 20 to 30 degree frs ts e s those record highs right now, 61 in san jose, 60 in san mateo and 60 in san francisco. it's going to be cold tonight in the south and also the east bay. temperatures in the 30s. we'll also be talking about rain. that's in minutes. >>> the study finds that many women with early stage breast cancer do not have to undergo a painful procedure. surgeons have removed limpb nodes from patients to keep the cancer from spreading, but research finds this holds no advantage at all. the study claims that chemotherapy and radiation would wipe it out. >>> a new study finds that young kids who eat fatty foods appear to have lower iqs later in lif
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Feb 20, 2011 4:30pm PST
spender. president obama used to point to big spender george bush but after putting down his third straight trillion dollar deficit, the president is the one stuck with the big spender label. why would republicans help him lose it? finally, playing hard to get. new jersey governor chris christie is the only republican who beat barack owe baba in the polls but he insists he's just not ready. was he born to run? hi, i'm norah o'donnell. chris matthews is off today. his msnbc special on bill clinton's post presidency airs monday night. we're all looking forward to that. welcome to today. and with us "the washington post"'s howard fineman, kelly o'donnell, constitution cynthia tucker and politico's jon harris. first up, america broke? the urgency of our debt crisis is long talked about but now is really hitting home. on the state level we seen the face-off between governors and public employees. most dramatically out in wisconsin. on the federal level, there's a growing sense of the fury that brought in the tea party might lead to a bipartisan deal on entitlements. here's a graphic tha
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Feb 14, 2011 5:30pm PST
three cards laying on the table, one with a picture of president george bush, president barack obama, president george washington. and before she was asked a question, she picked up the card and said -- held it up and said george bush. so, you know, she's a hard worker and she's trying and she's speaking a lot and at some level they're even asking her to slow down a little bit. >> that's been an extraordinary recovery. all the brain experts, brain injury experts say that no two are alike. they have been compared to snowflakes in their uniqueness. there was no road map for you to follow regarding her recovery. and i guess this is just going to be the pace of her recovery? >> that is true. i was on the phone with gabrielle's neurosurgeon, dr. don kim, and he reiterated to me that she is on this lightning fast trajectory, so he's incredibly optimistic about the slope of the curve has a lot to do with how far you're going to get, and she's proceeding very rapidly. >> and i keep hearing, captain, that the congresswoman, your wife's appearance, is resuming to normal. it's coming back so th
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Feb 13, 2011 8:00am PST
light of whaps happened in egypt? and back home, president obama hosted a trio of republican leaders at the white house for lunch on wednesday. the common theme -- finding some areas for potential compromise. >> it was a very good lunch and we were able to find enough common ground, i think, to show the american people that we're willing to work on their behalf and willing to do it together. >> but with the president's budget being released tomorrow, will both sides be able to work together on some issues, even as battle lines over spending and the deficit take center stage? >> joining me now, the speaker of the house, representative john boehner of ohio. mr. speaker, welcome back to "meet the press." >> david, good to be with you. >> i want to talk about egypt, this is a developing story. you heard rick santorum, former senator, might run for president, voicing the view of some republicans, that we were hasty here and that the united states walked way way from a stalwart ally and we don't really know what the consequences will be. is that your view? >> well egypt has been a strong a
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Feb 16, 2011 11:00pm PST
, pleasanton, union city and san ramon. >>> well, the white house has been very coy about president obama's bay area visit tomorrow night. despite several requests, they have yet to release any details about exactly mr. obama is meeting with or where. but we do know the first person to greet the president will be san francisco mayor ed lee. here's nbc's jean elie reporting tonight from san francisco where the president is expected to arrive around 6:00 p.m. tomorrow. >> when i shook the hand of president obama, i asked him if he can come to san francisco. and guess what? he's here. >> reporter: san francisco mayor ed lee says face time with the president pays. lee will be greeting mr. obama at sfo thursday. he says he won't waste a second because this presidential visit is about investing in job creation. >> he's coming with a smart checkbook, a checkbook that is aimed at investing in places where it's going to grow and jobs are created and that those jobs will impact our local economy in a very direct way. >> reporter: the president is meeting with high-tech innovators, industry leaders li
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Feb 17, 2011 6:00am PST
soggy conditions. back to the desk. >>> you are, indeed. thank you. president obama is heading west this morning for a meeting with some of silicon valley's most invadive tech titans. >> air force one is expected to touch down later on this evening at san francisco international. bob redell is live at sfo this morning with what the president is going to do while he's in town. bob, he's meeting with the heavyweights. >> reporter: it's a very short turn-around for the president. good morning to you, brent and laura. air force one arrives later this evening at sfo. san francisco's mayor ed lee will be there to greet the president. then the location is unknown where he'll meet with some of the leaders of silicon valley. they will talk about innovation and job growth. apple's ceo steve jobs currently on a medical leave of absence will be there, mark zuckerberg, eric schmidt and jeffrey emmill recently named the head of the white house council on jobs. the president is trying to promote his $3.7 trillion budget he just announced earlier this week. this is the budget that calls for billions mor
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Feb 11, 2011 4:30am PST
squeeze out a one-point rise to 2790. >>> today the obama administration will unveil a long-auh waited plan that could lead to a change how americans buy their homes. the housing white paper lays out options for overhauling the mortgage system to reduce the government's role in the housing finance market. reports say if that's a gradual wind down of fannie mae and freddie mac by making the loans they back more expensive. the federal housing administration would then become mainly the soul for government-backed loans. >>> retailers are turning to facebook and twit tore drum up sales. they estimate people will spend about $116 on average this year up 13% from last year. among the promotions out there, mattel is asking you to vote on whether barbie and ken should get back together. remember they split in 2004. on monday barbie's facebook page becomes a virtual store. victoria's secret has e-valentine's to send while mullberry has digital flowers that will wait to bloom until monday, which is valentine's day. scott, back to you. >> can i give you add vice, do not send your wife digital flo
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Feb 25, 2011 5:30pm PST
president obama must choose between the libyan people or gadhafi. brian. >> richard engel in the city of benghazi in libya tonight. richard, thank you. gadhafi's son said further tonight, by the way, tripoli is calm and this is all the work of terrorists. >>> back here in the u.s., the white house turned up pressure on libya today and there was an extraordinary scene at the u.n. late today. nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell, watching it all from our washington newsroom tonight. andrea, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. as soon as american diplomats and civilians were safely out of libya, the white house announced it will impose sanctions on moammar gadhafi and declared he has zero legitimacy after attacking his own people. galvanized by the blood shed, the u.n. security council heard a dramatic plea for help from libya's ambassador. >> please, united nations, save libya. not blood shed, not killing of innocents. >> reporter: it was a rare display of emotion for the u.n. as his fellow ambassadors got up to embrace the libyan diplomat and the u.n.
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Feb 14, 2011 4:30am PST
a beautiful valentine's day. back to you, scott mcgrew. >>> first lady michelle obama revealed her secret to a successful marriage. she says that laughter and romance are key. she and president obama share a lot of laughs together even though they live in the political life. they have been married almost 19 years. mrs. obama says they try to not take themselves too seriously and still find ways to have fun together and keep each other smiling. the first lady also says it helps that the president is very romantic always remembering birthdays, anniversaries and other important dates. what does she expect for valentine's day? the husband can never go wrong with a gift of jewelry. >>> no soup for you, the menu at your favorite chinese restaurant could soon change. see what's behind the bay area move to ban the special soup. brent and laura are coming up on the backside of this break. do i look like someone who's at risk for heart disease? well guess what, i am. heart disease took my dad's life, but it doesn't have to take mine because 80% of cardiac events in women may be prevented if
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Feb 20, 2011 4:00pm PST
street. the first shots have been fired in the battle of the 2012 budget. president obama releasing what he calls his cut and invest agenda, which projects an annual deficit of more than $1.6 trillion for the fiscal year. the president's proposal would freeze discretionary spending, reduce pentagon spending and increase education, infrastructure, and clean energy allotments. it does not address the fast growing and expensive programs of medicare, medicaid, and social security. >>> the marks took a breather early in the week, but the rally kept on rolling midweek. by wednesday, the s&p 500 doubled its lows of march 2009, and the markets hit two and a half year highs. >>> convicted swindler bernard madoff has granted his first jailhouse interview. madoff telling the "new york times" he never thought the collapse of his ponzi scheme would cause the sort of destruction it did to his family, and he also said that various banks and hedge funds, quote, had to know about his fraud. and their attitude was iyou're doing something wrong, we don't want to know about it. >>> the federal reserve
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Feb 5, 2011 5:30pm PST
, nbc news, cairo. >> the obama administration put new pressure on egypt today to move quickly toward democratic reforms. nbc's mike viqueira has more at the white house. good evening to you. >> reporter: good evening, lester. the president spent part of his day on the phone and getting an update from the staff in egypt. at a previously scheduled summit of world leaders in germany, today secretary of state, clinton publicly embraced the transition process headed by the newly installed vice president, omar seoul omar seouleiman warned things m derail reform. >> concrete steps that people who are engaged in it can believe is moving toward and outcome that will permit an orderly establishment of the elections that are scheduled for september. and that takes some time. >> reporter: but who would lead egypt during that time? while president obama and other u.s. officials have not publicly called for mubarak to step down before september elections, in recent days they have left little doubt that they think he should soon. >> the key question he should be asking himself is, how can i leave a
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Feb 20, 2011 8:00am PST
condemned that violence. we had outreach from president obama, national security adviser, secretary of state clinton urging that restraint and encouraging what is now transpiring which seems to be the pull back of the military forces, and now real effort to engage the opposition in a broad based dialogue that will enable the people's aspiration to be discussed. >> can the government survive in bahrain? >> david, i wouldn't want to be in the business of predictions in this very volatile environment. we've seen change so rapidly. what we're encouraging governments in the region to do is recognize this is a yearning for change and reform. it needs to be respected. they need to get ahead of it by leading rather than being pushed. >> among our arab allies, according to diplomat its talked to they criticize what they see as inconsistencies on the part of mr. aviation. by his actions the magazine writes mr. obama put other authoritarian allies on notice. he thinks that even pro western autocracies that fail to reform deserve to die. but how much reform? how many people are enough? to judge by
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Feb 27, 2011 8:00am PST
and in states like wisconsin. mounting leadership tests for president obama, as the battle lines of the 2012 campaign come into sharper view. this morning, how will the standoff in wisconsin end? and is the fight there with the unions about ideology or shared sacrifice? >> not just about the budget, now and into the future, not just about jobs or workers, this is ultimately about the future of our state. >> my guests, a man at the center of the storm, embattled republican governor, scott walker. >>> also the future of the middle east remains in doubt as libya's brutal dictator cracks down on protesters. >> these actions violate international norms and every stander of common decency. this violence must stop. >> what's next? and has the administration done enough? joining me this morning from the site of such unrest earlier this month, cairo, egypt, the ranking member on the senate armed services committee. republican john mccain. >>> then our political roundtable, what rising oil costs could mean to our own economy. can washington avoid a government shutdown over spending? and the r
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Feb 28, 2011 3:00am PST
federal government as it is today. under barack obama, he presides over the federal government when most federal employees do not have collective bargaining for benefits or pay. we're asking for something less restrictive -- >> i asked you a more specific question, which is what's wrong with collective bargaining? >> it's about the fact that as a local official, i can tell you personally, time and time again, because of collective bargaining when we had tough budgets in the past when i was at the county presiding as a c.o. there, i tried to do modest changes in pension and health care. one year, i literally tried to do a 35-hour work week to try to avoid massive layoffs and furloughing and the union said forget it. emboldened by the fact that they had collective bargaining agreements, they said go ahead, lay off 400 to 500 people. and to me, laying off people in this economy is completely unacceptable. if we don't get these changes and the senate democrats don't come back. we'll be forced to make up the savings in layoffs and that's unacceptable. >> we have satellite delay that gets
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Feb 7, 2011 7:00am PST
your hand. >> meanwhile, president obama sat down with bill o'reilly for a wide ranging interview for fox's super bowl coverage. mike viqueira is the s at the white house with more. >> reporter: there has become something of a super bowl tradition. presidential interview with the network airing the game. it was a wide ranging session. the president continued to walk that political and diplomatic tightrope on egypt while brushing off personal attacks. >> free speech -- >> reporter: mr. obama sat down sunday with a frequent critic. bill o'reilly, the subject quickly turned to egypt and the future of hosni mubarak. >> only he knows what he will do. here is what we know. egypt is not going to go back to what it was. the egyptian people want freedom. >> reporter: he has come close in recent days. >> orderly transition must be meaningful. >> reporter: mr. obama would not openly call for mubarak to step down before the september election. >> what we can do, bill, is we can say that the time is now for you to start making a change in that country. >> reporter: while conceding there are an tha
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Feb 27, 2011 5:30pm PST
investigate possible gadhafi war crimes, including the killing of his own citizens. sent by president obama to consult allies in europe, today, secretary of state hillary clinton said the u.s. is reaching out to libyans trying to organize in cities now held by anti-gadhafi forces. and is ready and prepared to offer any kind of assistance to a post-gadhafi government. this weekend, president obama, for the first time, publicly called for gadhafi's ouster. while backing that call, today, republican john mccain said the u.s. needs to go further. >> we could impose and could have imposed a no-fly zone. they would have stopped flying if that had been imposed. they are using air power and helicopters to continue these massacres. >> reporter: and lester, another senator, independent joe lieberman, says the united states government should recognize those opposition leaders in benghazi as the legitimate libyan government and arm them. and meanwhile, consultations will continue this week at the white house. the president meets tomorrow with ban ki-moon, the u.n. secretary-general. lester? >> mike viquei
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Feb 12, 2011 5:00pm PST
obama misery index, and it is at a record high. >> reporter: and they also heard from the underdogs, who may or may not step into the ring. >> our agenda is america's agenda. >> reporter: while donald trump was there, sarah palin wasn't. fellow republicans threw a few punches anyway. >> i've never had a book signing. >> reporter: the hardest shots were reserved for president obama. >> i'm worried not only do we face a crisis today, we do not have a leadership in the white house that can deal with it. >> reporter: this year the tea party is demanding to be heard. >> if we republicans go a little timid, if we don't do what we were sent here to do, this movement, this revolution is going to overrun us. >> reporter: these conservatives share a common goal. >> and, oh, yeah, baby, winning the white house in 2012. >> reporter: but there's no clear road map. >> what i haven't heard yet is our plan. >> reporter: for conservatives and those who want to lead them, a preview of 2012. brian moore, nbc news, washington. >>> soldiers from the bay area medical unit headed to afghanistan say good-bye to
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Feb 14, 2011 4:00am PST
political change as the country heads towards re-election. >>> budget showdown. president obama proposes a plan to slash the definite is the by more than a trillion dollars. but republicans say it's not enough. >>> and grammy gold. who were the big winners on the recording industry's biggest night? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. good morning to our viewers across the nation, and including the pacific time zone. p we begwe begin wit we beg ejept, following weeks of protests that brought down the reip reign of their now for presiderpresident hosni. egyptians are looking to the future with a cautious optimism. egypt's army is now firmly in control and has made sweeping changes that have been so far welcomed by pro democracy protestors. military leaders have imposed martial law, dissolved the parliament and suspended the constitution. the army says it will be in charge only until elections are held, which could take place as soon as six months from now. meanwhile, normalcy is starting to return to cairo.ç military police moved in to reop
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Feb 16, 2011 4:00am PST
. >>> before obama's 2012 budget proposal can be debated, congress needs to come to terms on the nation's current budget set to expire on march 4th. however, the clock ticks down, and lawmakers are at an impasse over proposed reductions, the president says, could "endanger the recovery." nbc's brian moore joins us from washington with those details. brian, good morning to you. >> good morning, lynn. the republican controlled house is on a collision course over the course of spending. it wants to slash at least $60 billion, perhaps up to $115 billion from this year's budget. 400 amendments have been introduced, and it's expected to take about two days of very harty debate, and then the bill would move on to theç senate where senate democrats are certain to have a much different view. president obama is threatening to veto any spending bill that hurts the recovery or defense. lynn. >> brian, thanks so much. >>> a speeding suv collides head on with a city bus in austin. investigators say the driver of the suv was fleeing police before crashing into the bus. 18 people, including the bus dri
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Feb 13, 2011 11:00pm PST
valentine's day, first lady michelle obama told report terse secret of her successful marriage is laughter an romance. the first lady said she and president obama share a lot of laughs together even with the stresses of political life. they have been married 19 years. i guess they got married the same year i did. they try not to take themselves too seriously and still try to find ways to have fun and keep each other smiling along the way. the first lady says it helps that the president is very romantic. always remembering birthdays, anniversary, and other important personal dates. and what does she expect for valentine's day? she says the first husband can never go wrong with a little bit of jewelry. thanks for watching the bay area at 11:00. we've got "sports sunday" up next. the full scene from pebble beach as bill murray steals the show and makes history. plus the warriors in a thriller at the arena. laurence scott is next on "sports sunday." happy valentine's day. >>> and now an nbc bay area editorial. >> nationwide, states are debating the pros and cons of teacher tenure, and
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Feb 1, 2011 4:00am PST
department says it will appeal a florida judge's ruling declaring the obama administration's health care overhaul unconstitutional. in a sweeping decision yesterday judge roger vincent shot down the plan saying the government would be violating americans' rights by forcing them to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. the white house called the ruling in a health care challenge by 26 of the 50 states a "plain case of judicial overreaching." the case appears destined to be heard by the supreme court. >>> now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. in new jersey trafficç screech to a halt where a small plane made an emergency landing on busy interstate 80. a fuel line malfunction forced the pilot to put the aircraft down before he could reach a meesh airport. traffic returned to normal after the plane was towed away. for one there was injured, thankfully. >>> in north carolina fists were flying during a basketball game. a father, daughter, and mother mixed it up with school officials and police after an argument escalated into a full scale brawl. the
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Feb 6, 2011 5:00pm PST
stressed while the will of the egyptian people should prevail, the obama administration should move cautiously in embracing a change of power there. he was quick to defend president hosni mubarak. >> he's been a good man, he's been a good friend and ally to the united states. we need to remember that. >> cheney talked about how helpful mubarak was in the 1991 gulf war, committing troops to fight alongside u.s. forces. >>> the family of perhaps the most well-known hmong lead history died last month is speaking out against the obama administration tonight. today is the third day of the six-day funeral in fresno. yesterday members of his family said it was disgraceful the u.s. army denied their request for vang to be buried at arlington national cemetery. when many hmong people sought asylum in the united states, he became a cultural leader here as well. his arlington burial request was denied after unanimous recommendation of a board made up of civilian and military leaders. >>> coming up next, meditation is making inroads among the inmate population. how california prisoners could be
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Feb 11, 2011 7:00am PST
the white house off guard and president obama was quick to challenge mubarak's defiancy to the world. savannah guthrie is joining us. i know this administer is still breaking and breaking pretty fast but has the white house had time to react? >> reporter: we've heard he is in sharm el sheikh and the u.s. government out of the pentagon feels that this is a legitimate giving of power to the vice president, suleiman, one aide saying in the past that clearly mubarak loves sharm el sheikh. that's where he wants to go, where he wants to retire. that's why he said a week or ten days ago that he plans to die in egypt. this is a series of fast-moving events. it was clear yesterday that all day the white house expected, like the rest of the world, that mubarak, in fact, would resign last night. when he didn't, the white house put out a very tough statement. this is the clearest break yet between the white house and mubarak. it's clear they're disappointed, the white house trying to align itself with the protesters more forcefully than ever before. let me read a portion of the statement from pr
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Feb 17, 2011 3:05am PST
, did -- did anyone see this? the obama administration announced a $53 billion plan to build a network of high-speed trains across the u.s. in fact, it's already made obama the favorite to win the election of 1836. [ laughter ] [ old timey accent ] "they're building trains. go all the way to californee. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] there's gold! there's gold in them there hills! i can't wait. this donkey is getting' old!" in more political news, vice president biden welcomes sylvania's prime minister, borut pahor, to the white house today. it was a little awkward, though, 'cause when biden heard his name was borut, he was like -- [ borat impersonation ] "your country is nice. i like. sexy time. my wife." [ laughter ] and this morning on the "today" show, michelle obama called the bush twins magnificent and chelsea clinton a solid young woman. yep. [ light laughter ] in fact, the only president's kid she didn't compliment was george bush senior's. [ audience ohs ] interesting. [ laughter ] [ applause ] you guys, get this a new survey found that 15% of americans have had
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Feb 4, 2011 5:00am PST
-government demonstrators clashing in the streets while the obama administration tries to work out a deal to bring an end to all the chaos we are seeing. "meet the press'" host david gregory is live in washington this morning. thank you so much for joining us. >> good morning. you bet. >> we heard that the obama administration is working out a plan to ask hosni mubarak to step down immediately. what have you heard? >> reporter: they are pushing him now to put more power in the vice president's hands and to transition into an election and coalition government. the opposition is still rather loose. the most organized fraction of it is the muslim brotherhood to give a lot of american officials some pause. it is an islamist party. but nevertheless, the u.s. is focused on putting pressure on mubarak, keep support from the military, which the united states provides a tremendous amount of aid to, and get this transition underway. >> so, of course, this is an important allie to the u.s. if he does step down, what does it mean for us? >> well, it raises a lot of question marks to be sure. military
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Feb 7, 2011 6:00pm PST
jumpy is actually insured. let's work together. that was the message from president obama to business leaders today as he visited the chamber of commerce. the president and corporate worlds have been at odds in the past. this is part of a new softening in the administration. for president obama, the short walk from the white house to the chamber of commerce may have felt more like a trip behind enemy lines. >> maybe if we would have brought over a fruitcake when i first moved in, we would have gotten off to a better start. >> reporter: today he offered an olive branch reaching out to improve relations with the corporate world. >>. >> reporter: to a mostly silent crowd of business leaders, he also defended government regulations and his controversial health law while asking couldn't tris what they can do for their country, a push to hire more american workers. >> i just want to encourage you to get in the game. >> reporter: meantime, across town, the launch of a new way to find some 600,000 jobs now open in the u.s. it is a new internet sufficient fox.jobs yielding sites like usa.jobs
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Feb 13, 2011 7:00am PST
news, cairo. >>> this week president obama will deliver his version of the nation's budget. obama's plan reportedly aimed to trim the federal deficit by $1.1 trillion over the next ten years. and we're learning that the president may also hold spending on some domestic programs. the budget may also restore fiscal stability for items like education, high speed rail and scientific innovation. again the budget coming this week. >> how about ron paul in 2012. for the second year in a row, the republican edged out mitt romney in a presidential straw poll at cpac, the conservative political action sxhitsity meeting. he got 30% of the vote compared to romney's 20 3%. gary johnson and chris christie each got 6% of the vote. former house speaker newt gingrich came in with 5% and sarah palin grabbed 3%. >>> much more ahead on today in the bay. a smart head scratcher. >> in i can't gf i can't get it am i supposed to to? >> so she lost her key and now her car may have to be totaled. we'll show you why coming up. >> and here is a look at san francisco. we're watching those rain gauges on the car
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Feb 2, 2011 5:00am PST
. >> tensions are running high in egypt this morning and the obama administration is trying to walk a thin line between supporting the revolutionaries and turning its back on an old friend. tracie potts live in washington, d.c. this morning. the process of getting americans out of the country appears to be slow moving. >> reporter: yeah, it's going to be difficult but there are at least another 1,000 americans who want to get out on those government charter planes, there could be more who show up without having contact with the government. they show up at the airport, so that process is beginning today. they are getting people out under mandatory evacuations, state department employee who is are non-essential, you talked about president hosni mubarak, his supporters in the streets of cairo and there have been clashes this morning with the anti-government protesters, sticks and stones thrown, weapons more difficult than that. but we understand there were some injuries. internet service is back on as of a few hours ago. it is coming in more intense situation after the president announced that he
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Feb 5, 2011 11:00pm PST
steeler nation. >> president barack obama, by the way, in case you're interested, will not be at the super bowl in the big chill. instead he's inviting about 100 people over to the white house to watch the big game. guests we're told will include lawmakers from both parties including sing eers. >>> more than 3,000 pounds of beef from the company american food service are recalled over e. coli concerns. it was served mainly at restaurants in southern california. ground beef patties, beef taco meat and ground beef used in chili, there's concern that some of this meat could still be in freezers at restaurants across southern california. >>> free checking? rest in peace. it was nice while it last. new banking rules are reportedly to blame, and we're going to all have to pay. big banks say new rules are costing them billions of dollars a year. they say since banks are making less money on credit card transaction fees, interest rates and late payments, they need to make it back somewhere else apparently. they're already phasing in the charges. large regional banks are likely expected to fo
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Feb 11, 2011 11:00pm PST
the people has undone 30 years of power. as president obama put it, egypt and the middle east will never be the same again. here is a live look at cairo now. liberation square where it is 9:00 in the morning on saturday. the tents are still up and people are moving about. but it is a much different scene than the last 2 1/2 weeks. they are waking up with the knowledge they have won this battle. most of the protesters have never known another leader. and egyptians we talked to said it is still hard to believe it's real. their protests turned revolution. the big question now is what happens next? good evening, i'm diane dwyer in tonight for jessica aguirre. >> and i'm raj mathai. 30 years of oppression dissolved in less than three weeks. we are witnessing one of the most significant revolutions in the modern day history. a new day and a new era. but the rebirth of egypt is filled with obstacles. here's where we stand entering this weekend. egyptians managed to push their 82-year-old president, hosni mubarak, out of office. the military has stepped in and has promised to soon reveal t
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Feb 20, 2011 5:00pm PST
credit for plug-in, electric and alternative fuel cars. the obama administration wants to make that tax credit available as soon as the car is bought as part of his goal to put a million electric cars on the road by 2015. >>> right now we'll check out the weather around here. rob, what a beautiful day. when i drove to work, it looked like i was in tahoe, only it was sunny and i wasn't in tahoe. it was beautiful. >> you weren't stuck in long lines. gorgeous pictures today. right now you see clouds across east bill hilltops, 51 degrees in oakland and same story in san francisco right now. kind of a mixed bag of clouds. into san jose, actually seeing more clouds across the south bay hills and some showers. right now 52 degrees. as we show you the radar here, we have unstable air with that cool air aloft and some heating of the day. you saw clouds bubble up through the atmosphere. we had showers earlier along 152, morgan hill to gilroy. seeing a few widely scattered showers starting to shut down. offshore we have more clouds lurking and the forecast into monday is a challenging one as w
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Feb 25, 2011 4:00am PST
egypt's revolution. in a statement issued by the white house, president obama welcomed the, quote, positive sign urging the algerian government to do more to promote freedom for its people. >>> a college student in texas has been arrested by the fbi for plotting a string of terror attacks here m u.s. the 20-year-old allegedly obtained chemicals for a bomb and researched potential targets, including dams and nuclear plants. even the home of former president george w. bush. agents say they were tipped off to the suspect after a mcincome chemical company reported he placed a suspicious order. according to court documents, the man also wrote in his journal that it was "time for jihad." if convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. >>> early this morning in wisconsin despite weeks of protests, a controversial push to strip union workers of their collective bargaining rights cleared its first hurdle. after three grueling days of debate the wes wisconsin state assembly passed a bill backed by the state's newly elected republican governor. the measure now moves to the state
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Feb 3, 2011 4:00am PST
. the associated press reports later today, the obama administration will announce the first drinking water standard for a toxic rocket fuel ingredient linked to thyroid problems in pregnant women and young children. 153 water sources in 26 states contain the chemical which is also used in fireworks and explosives. with contamination most likely caused by improper disposal at test sites, military bases and chemical plants. for more information on this and health stories check out the health page at msnbc.com. >> early today health is brought to you by the vagisil screening kit. >>> a look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,4 1 after nudging up one point yesterday. the s&p shed three points. the nasdaq dipped one. a look at overseas trading in tokyo the nikkei dropped 26 points, but in hong kong the hang sang soared 426. >>> stocks traded in tight range wednesday as unrest in egypt kept investors from making any big bets. traders who braved yesterday's brutal storm mostly played it safe despite a report from adp that u.s. companies added more workers than exp
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Feb 4, 2011 4:30am PST
european union stopping short of what president obama called for in distancing himself from the egyptian president hosni mubarak. meantime, they are calling it a day of departure. they are talking about mubarak. as den chenman reports from liberation square in cairo in their bid to topple the regime. >> reporter: friday morning in cairo aeared appeared to be peace of peaceful. the calm scene here is not what has happened over the last two days. makeshift barricades and rocks were thrown at mubarak supporters on the edge of the square. they accused government supporters of being thugs, police in civilian clothes. of all people who don't have any weapons facing off against those firing at them, and those people are not doing anything except demanding their rights. protestors claim the government is behind the violence and charged that the jinx president denies that. mubarak supporters remained around the square despite the curfew request. mubarak told an interview from abc news there would be, quote, chaos if he resigned right now. protestors do not want to wait and insist it is time for m
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Feb 23, 2011 5:30pm PST
country tonight, big news about the often controversial issue of gay marriage. president obama said today he now believes the law which blocks the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages is unconstitutional and government lawyers will no longer defend it in court. the law does, however, remain in effect and will remain unless it's struck down. >>> chicagoans have a new mayor-elect tonight. rahm emanuel, the former white house chief of staff, former congressman, emerged from a field of six contenders to replace the legendary richard daley, racking up 55% of the vote and avoiding a runoff. he faces some major challenges there, including a big budget deficit and spiraling public pension costs. >>> when we come back here tonight, a story in the news, a tragedy in fact, now has a lot of parents of athletes worried about concussions and long-term effects. >>> later, a man who owes his success to the generosity of others is making a difference in his own right. >>> funeral services will be held saturday for an nfl veteran, dave duerson of the chicago bears, a super bowl cham
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Feb 7, 2011 4:30am PST
mubarak still refusing to step down, but the u.s. insists a transition. president barack obama says egypt is not going back to what it was. egypt's government making concessions this morning, including keeping its hands off the media and internet, but mubarak says he won't leave and protestors say until he does they won't either. >>> a woman who was allegedly assaulted and kidnapped in oakland has turned up in a hospital. oakland police are still looking for two men who kidnapped her. witnesses say they saw a man chasing a woman saturday night in oakland and then cornered her inside an apartment complex. the two men allegedly put her in a car and drove off. now this all happened on eileen street near san pablo avenue at 8:00. the car is described as a '99 black chrysler. >>> ominous signs surrounding the trial of three uc berkeley grads accused of spying in iran. the judge presiding over the case was the same judge that oversaw the mass trials of protestors of the disputed 2009 elections. he's a hard liner known for handing down harsh sentences. over the weekend the uc berkeley grads plea
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Feb 5, 2011 5:00pm PST
a unity transitional democratic government. >> president obama says discussions have begun in egypt to create a temporary government to replace mubarak. >>> in keeping with her goal to take city hall on the road, oakland mayor jean quan held a meeting today at west middle school. residents were encouraged to speak to the issues that affect their community. she said these meetings are important to gauge how best city hall can help their community. >> we're hoping to get from them things that we can do together, and their priorities. and i'm going to use these town hall meetings to set priorities for staffing, and for the budget. >> kwan is hoping to hold at least five town hall meetings in her first 100 days in office. and at least one in all seven council districts a year. >>> neighbors in oakland came together today to discuss ways to put an end to the surge of violence in their communities. members of the community voiced their concerns directly to members of the city council and to the oakland police department. issues included everything from police officer cuts to questions abo
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Feb 26, 2011 5:30pm PST
first time, president obama called for the leader to step down. saying the libyan dick tator ha lost his legitimatesy. we want to begin with jonathan rugman in tripoli tonight. >> reporter: they were burying their dead today. paying the ultimate price. for protesting against moammar gadhafi's rule. thousands attended this funeral and some were overcome with grief. 68 bodies counted by one doctor here in the last few days. gadhafi we will bury you they shouted. such defiance in the capital almost unthinkable to this uprising which began only last week. just outside of tripoli, another sign of the crisis confronting libya's regime. soldiers joining protesters 30 in the town 30 miles from the capitol. these pictures can't be verified but it seems that the rebellion is now on gadhafi's doorstep. and now small groups are on converging on tripoli itself. this checkpoint, many long coats defending the city itself. when we started filming openly, the guns suddenly disappeared. instead, the militia ripped up a demonstration in support of 41 years of doll colonel gadhafi's rule. >> and when we spo
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Feb 9, 2011 4:30am PST
her, president obama kicked the habit. the first lady says her husband hasn't had a cigarette in more than a year. the president says one of the deals he made with his wife for her blessing to run for president that he quit smoking for good so he is president and finally he is a nonsmoker. coming up the alameda county district attorney's office decides whether to charge the police officers who shot and killed a popular barber last year. plus, feeling cramped at work? we'll tell you what is behind the shrinking american cubicle. brent and law are will come up on the back side of this break. >> new this morning, what pg&e says about another pipe in northern california like the one that exploded in san bruno. >> and the bay area city that likes to get people talking could soon welcome tortured terror suspects. good morning. i'm marla tellez. why berkeley may become home to former git-mo detainees. coming up in
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